Here’s the very happy Swiss Olympic Men’s team right after yesterday’s Trials victory.
From left (standing) is skip Ralph Stoeckli, third Jan Hauser, second/third Markus Eggler, and lead Simon Struebin.
Crouching in front is the coach, Thomas Lips (left) and aternate Toni Mueller.
We have some exclusive quotes from some of the boys.
“I’m flying,” an elated Eggler told The Curling News.
“You can’t believe how I am feeling. The old man is back to the Olympics. For me it’s just like a dream after I stopped curling after the world championships in Victoria (2005).
“It is also a big moment for me, because it shows me that you can reach something when you work hard for it. When our team started 1,000 days ago, our goal was to play in the Olympics, and now we did it!”
Here’s more about the excitable Eggler, specifically a recent curling milestone.
Struebin, meanwhile, tells a funny story from late in the final game, which was played at a curling club. The athletes were the only ones allowed onto the vast and otherwise empty ice surface during the competition.
“I saw this club curler who wanted to practice on sheet one during the seventh end of our last game,” laughed Struebin.
“He went totally crazy-mad, when the umpire told him that he is not allowed to go on the ice. It was hilarious!
“No kidding. A scene for the ages.”
Team Stoeckli now jets to Toronto for next week’s Grey Power World Cup of Curling in nearby Mississauga, followed by further training excursions in Canada.
[Swiss Curling Association photo by Joerg Leunenberger]